Representative of China: the Security Council should concentrate on issues related to international peace and security
Xinhua News Agency, United Nations, 15 Nov (Reporter Wang Jiangang) Zhang Jun, permanent Representative of China to the United Nations, said on the 15th that the Security Council should abide by its responsibilities in accordance with its mandate and concentrate its efforts on issues related to international peace and security. The same is true of the work of subordinate bodies.
In an explanatory statement after the Panel of experts of the Security Council Somalia sanctions Committee authorized the extension of the resolution on the same day, Zhang Jun said that the current situation in Somalia has remained generally stable, and that the Somali federal government has actively promoted the process of national reconstruction. Important progress has been made in the political, economic and security fields. At the same time, the achievement of lasting peace in Somalia continues to face challenges. The international community and the Security Council should continue to provide support and assistance to Somalia under the principle of "Somali ownership".
He said that the Security Council has just adopted resolution 2498. China has actively participated in the consultations on the extension of the draft resolution authorized by the expert Group of the Somali sanctions Commission, and has put forward reasonable suggestions and propositions in a constructive manner and in accordance with the demands of the countries concerned. China noted the efforts made by the author and the improvement of the text, but regrettably, some of the recommendations had not been adopted and China remained concerned about the relevant content and had to abstain from voting.
Zhang Jun said: China believes that the current situation in the Horn of Africa is constantly improving and is in a new stage of development. The issue of relations between Djibouti and Eritrea does not pose a threat to international and regional peace and security, and the two countries are committed to normalizing bilateral relations and have made positive efforts to this end, which should be affirmed by the Security Council and the international community. Respect for the autonomy of the two countries, help in good faith and avoid imposing solutions, otherwise it will only have the opposite effect.
Zhang Jun stressed: with regard to human rights issues, China has always maintained that human rights issues should be discussed in the Human Rights Council and other specialized agencies, and the Security Council is not a suitable place to discuss human rights issues. The Council should abide by its responsibilities in accordance with its mandate and focus on issues relating to international peace and security, including the work of subsidiary bodies. China has reservations that the relevant text of the resolution may set a bad precedent and affect the normal deliberations of the Security Council on the issue of sanctions in Somalia. China hopes that the Security Council will hold fuller consultations on the draft resolution in the future, strive for consensus and avoid hurriedly putting it to the vote.